There is a wide variety of manufacturers and prices on the market today to fit any budget. Prices start for a camcorder at around $300 or less, and range to $800 and up. The less expensive models are analog recordings while the middle to upper range are digital recordings.
The digital recordings provide a better picture and offer you the possibility to do video edits on your computer with various software programs, or to add music from your computer. Also, you can easily make copies of a digital recording without losing any picture or sound quality. That being said, you can get good value from an analog recording camcorder if you are not interested in video editing and just want to record your memories; picture and sound quality are good.